The biggest consumer of energy in your home is your HVAC system. Even if it’s running efficiently, your bills generally go up during heating season. If the system is losing energy, they’ll be even higher. Here are a few ways to prevent HVAC energy loss.
- New windows. As your windows get older, they start letting in drafts. This can cause heat losses of around 25%. If you see condensation around the windows, you’re noticing drafts, or the weather seals don’t seem to be sealing properly, you’re likely due for new windows.
- Change your filter. If you let your filter become clogged, it restricts airflow through your home, directly resulting in HVAC energy loss. Your furnace has to run longer to make up for it, wasting energy. Check the filter regularly and replace it every three to six months.
- Insulate your attic. Heat rises, so before your furnace heats your home, it heats your attic — unless you have insulation to slow the flow of heat. Even if you already have insulation, it can settle over time, so you may need more. Check to make sure your insulation covers your joists. If it doesn’t, add some more.
- Open your vents. Many people think closing vents when they’re not in the room will save energy on heating. However, your system doesn’t work that way. Closing the vents will actually use more energy, overtaxing your unit. Open them up and make sure they don’t have obstructions or blockages to the airflow.
- Schedule your inspection. Perhaps the most important task is your annual HVAC inspection, which ensures your system operates at peak efficiency. Your technician will examine the motor and other components, check your thermostat settings, and make sure everything is running smoothly.
- Clear away debris. If you have a heat pump with an outdoor unit, make sure it has at least 2 feet of clearance on all sides. If dirt and branches or ice and snow accumulate, they can restrict airflow, leading to energy loss.
For more help reducing HVAC energy loss, contact us at Mowery Heating, Cooling and Plumbing. We help Indianapolis homes stay efficient and comfortable and avoid HVAC energy loss all year.